Holiday In Sendai
You can’t go on holiday without getting your dose of city life (the sweet smell of car exhaust and coffee really gets you going in the morning), but you like the idea of learning a little something while you’re at it. You’d even go so far as to say that you want to relax from time to time. It sounds like a holiday in Sendai is calling your name.
This compact, highly-populated city in Tohoku can easily help you earn a hangover (big city amenities, check). You’ll soon forgive your bartender, though, when you realise you can nurse your thumping headache at the foot of ornate temples or castle ruins the next day (meaningful cultural landscape, check). Book your Sendai package on lastminute.com.au, and you’ll be on your way to a shrine-filled metropolis with plenty of cash left in your pocket.
Things to Do in Sendai
You can start your tour of Sendai with a visit to its namesake castle (also called Aoba Castle), where you will see remnants of the castle’s original stone walls. It’s true, the castle’s glory days are long gone, but why not check out stellar views of the city while you’re there? Yes, it’s photo-op central. From there, let your Sendai holiday lead you to Zuiho-den mausoleum. The city’s founder, Date Masamune, rests here. Don’t worry, the site isn’t morbid—in fact, the intricate gold design and vibrant red accents will take your breath away for all the right reasons.
Continue your epic cultural tour with a stop at Osaki Hachimangu Shrine. The site is stamped with official National Treasure status (so you know its importance is right up there with Olivia Newton-John). Finally, pay a visit to the sixth tallest statue in the world, the Sendai Daikannon, a tribute to the deity of mercy. Go inside, and the observation deck at the top rewards you with panoramic views. The city has a wealth of public transportation, but you can always hop in one of lastminute.com.au’s Sendai car hire deals to get around at your own pace.
Shopping, Dining & Nightlife
With a healthy amount of cultural tourism behind you, it’s time to indulge in a guilty pleasure or two. Why not start by testing your credit card limit on Aoba-dori and Ichibancho, two of the most popular shopping streets in the city? Sendai package deals are nothing if not the best way to save enough money for a shopping spree, so treat yourself.
Sendai is known for a few delicacies, including oysters (aphrodisiac, anyone?) and the local sake. With a bit of liquid courage and some warm fuzzies, you might just be able to try the city’s other specialty: grilled beef tongue.
Now, to the part of your holiday you will thereafter refer to as, “The best night I sort of remember”. Go to the Kokubuncho to get a taste of local nightlife. The area is sometimes lovingly referred to as the “pleasure district,” and you’ll see why as soon as you show up. Bars, nightclubs, and enough neon lights to have you reaching for your sunglasses.
Book one of our cheap Sendai holiday packages today, and you’re on the road to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. And hey, if you long for the neon lights and Hello Kitty haven that is Tokyo, we’ve got you covered. Book Tokyo holiday packages in lastminute.com.au, and you can take a day trip to the north for sake and owl cafes.
Hotels in Sendai
If you're planning to spend a few nights, it'd probably be smart to book your Sendai hotel in advance (don't worry, last minute bookings work too!) At the moment, there are only 4 accommodations available on lastminute.com.au.
The Sendai Royal Park Hotel and Sendai Akiu Spa Hotel Iwanumaya are worth taking a look at. If you like what you see, you better move quickly! These digs are highly sought-after for their comfy beds and professional staff.
Top hotels for your Sendai holiday
Hotel Vista Sendai
Hotel Monterey Sendai
APA Villa Hotel Sendaieki-Itsutsubashi
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.